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Kano commission of inquiry for political violence calls for submission of petitions



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


As the Commission of Inquiry for Political Violence and Missing Persons set up by the Kano State Government began its sitting on Monday, the commission has called for the submission of necessary petitions from individuals and groups to be investigated.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commission has equally assured the people of the state that it will ensure that sponsors and perpetrators of political and other forms of violence during and in between the 2015, 2019, and 2023 general elections are brought to justice.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Justice Zuwaira Yusuf, disclosed this during the inauguration held in Kano on Monday.

She added that the commission will identify all missing persons in the state and determine the circumstances as well as the immediate and remote causes of their disappearance, suggesting a possible way out of the problem.

Justice Yusuf stated that the commission will also find out the causes of political and other forms of violence in Kano State.

The commission would also identify areas where violence associated with the 2015, 2020, and 2023 general elections occurred in Kano State, identify victims of all forms of violence, including politically motivated, state-sponsored, etc., associated with the 2015, 2019 and 2023 general elections, and assess the damage or loss of lives and properties during the period.

She therefore disclosed that “we will suggest ways of supporting the victims of all forms of violence in the state, recommend effective ways of preventing politically motivated and state-sponsored violence and any other forms of violence in the state, and advise on any other matter incidental to the assignment.”

“At this juncture, I would like to invite individuals, groups, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as victims and relatives of victims of political violence and missing persons, to submit memoranda or petitions to the Commission’s registry situated at Miller Road from today,” said Justice Zuwaira.

Justice Yusuf said, “I will also assure the general public that the Commission is there to serve them, that their petitions will be looked into, and where necessary, they will be called upon to give oral evidence.

“I would also like to further assure the people of Kano State that this Commission will discharge its assigned mandates diligently, honestly, fairly, dispassionately, and without fear or ill will.”


She then called on journalists and the media to ensure any report concerning the Commission is done with the utmost professionalism and must be fair and factual.


List of members of the commission:


Hon. Justice Zuwaira Yusuf: Chairperson


Amb. Ibrahim Waiya: Representative of Civil Society Groups


Muhammad Wakili (Rtd): Retired Commissioner of Police


Shu’aibu Sule, Esq


Amina Umar Garba, Esq


Comrade Kabiru Inuwa: Representative of the Organised Labour Union.


Salisu Muhammad Tahir, Esq., Director Public Prosecution/MoJ


Shehu Abdullahi: State Coordinator, National Human Right Commission


AVM. Ibrahim Umaru (Rtd): Director General, Special services


Kabiru Haruna: Representative of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)


Sa’ida Sa’ad, Esq


Aliyu Sulaiman, State Commandant

Member Representative of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps


Umar Sa’idu Abdullahi: Representative of Nigerian Police, Kano Command


Mahmoud Bello Bari is Secretary to the Commission and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment.

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Gov. Yusuf Flag off Distribution of Over N1 billion Worth Free Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers in Kano



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf Thursday unveiled distribution of free fertilizers worth over one billion naira to smallholder farmers including females and People with Disabilities in the state.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor, said the initiative was in fulfillment of Governor Yusuf’s campaign promise to improve livelihood through investment on Agribusiness.

Governor Yusuf had during his campaign activities towards 2023 elections promised to champion Agricultural transformation through provision of quality and affordable Agricultural inputs as contained in his 70 page blueprint presented to the good people of Kano tittled “My Commitment for Kano”

Besides, the Dawakin-Tofa revealed the over a billion naira worth NPK fertilizers that was distributed to 52,800 smallholder farmers across the 44 Local Government areas were produced by the state owned Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO).

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf while flagging off the agric input disbursement explained the intention was to reduce cost of production and boost food security.

The state executive council had also approved the procurement of over five billion naira worth fertilizers that will soon be made available to Kano farmers at subsedised rate.

The Governor stressed that farmers already battling with high cost of inputs and labour occasioned by economic reality, now have cause to redouble energy to multiple their produces.

He emphasised on the government readiness to sustain food production through regular supply of fertilizer production by the state owned company (KASCO). Governor Yusuf said KASCO and other state manufacturering centres are being strengthening to revertilise revenue flow and sustain the economy of the economy of the state.

The beneficiaries which include women farmers and people living with disabilities are expected to recieve 25kg of NPK fertilizer to support thier farming activities and eventually boost the yeild of thier crops and improve livelihood of the people.

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Agriculture: Gov. Yusuf issues stern warning against diversion of fertilizer distributed to Kano farmers..



… As Emir Sanusi harps on fairness in sharing

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has issued a stern warning to officials of the state against the diversion of fertilizer distributed to 52,800 farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

The governor’s warning was made during the flag-off of the distribution of free fertilizer to farmers across the 44 local governments, held at the Open Arena, Government House, Kano.

The Governor mandated the Kano Project Protection Association (Kano-PRO-PA) to ensure adherence to the distribution guidelines intended for smallholder farmers.

“Any government official found diverting this fertilizer will be dealt with severely.

“We will not tolerate corruption. This gesture is meant for real farmers,” the Governor warned.

In his remark the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, emphasized the importance of fairness in the distribution exercise to achieve the set goals and objectives.

He noted that the gesture was timely, as the Emirate has received reports from District Heads about the high price of fertilizer impeding farming during the 2024 rainy season, potentially causing food shortages.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II added that ensuring the fertilizer reaches the intended beneficiaries and providing the necessary farm inputs will significantly assist in achieving a bumper harvest.

He urged farmers to judiciously utilize the given resources.

The Emir also called on well-to-do individuals, philanthropists, and those capable in society to empower farmers with inputs and aid the needy during these trying times.

He commended the Kano State Government under the leadership of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for initiating people-oriented projects aimed at uplifting the standard of living of Kano’s populace.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II prayed for peace, unity, stability, prosperity, and economic development in the state and beyond.

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Gov. Yusuf reinstates Emir of Gaya, appoints two others for Rano, Karaye emirates



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.


KANO FOCUS reports that the new emirs are to serve as second class answerable to Kano emirate.


According to a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano the newly appointed Emirs are: Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo); Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate).


While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.


You may recall that the Governor had on Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.


The appointments are with immediate effect.

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